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Our Staff

Charlton Coles, Ph.D.Dr. Coles is a consultant at Clemson University’s Center for Research on Health Disparities who is currently engaged in research to address community issues related to health disparities and environmental justice in minority populations. Recent research projects have included asset mapping to identify the strengths of communities in addressing public health concerns, strategies aimed at improving resiliency for ethnic minorities and developing a working framework for clinicians and responders to more effectively manage community and family stress from a technological disaster. Dr. Coles has published in journals, such as the Journal of Clinical Psychology, The American Journal of Public Health, and Family & Community Health. He has presented at the International Qualitative Health Research Conference, EPA’s Strengthening Environmental Research and Decision Making symposium, and the Safety Officer’s symposium. He is especially interested in the Center’s capacity to reach ethnic minorities in underserved areas of the state. Dr. Coles received his B.S. in Psychology from Georgia State University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Florida.

Harold E. Cheatham, Ph.D., Consultant Harold E. Cheatham, Ph.D., Consultant - As consultant to the Center, Dr. Cheatham provides leadership to advance the center’s mission and goals. He provides oversight with regard to the center’s strategic plan and assessment, and advises staff and associates on the overall direction and activities of the center. Dr. Cheatham’s writing and research address multicultural counseling theory and practice, cultural pluralism, and psychosocial development of African Americans in US higher education. He is author of numerous professional papers, and he has edited three books and multiple journals and special issues. His book, A Documentary History of the Modern US Civil Rights Movement, (with R.P. Green) was published in 2009. Dr. Cheatham is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, including being named a pioneer in multicultural counseling and development in the American Psychological Association journal, The Counseling Psychologist (July, 1997). In 1993, the American College Personnel Association honored Dr. Cheatham with the Contribution to Knowledge Award and with induction as a Senior Scholar, and, in 1990-1991, he was a Senior Fulbright Scholar to India. He is currently a gubernatorial appointee to the South Carolina Mental Health Commission (2004-2009) and a member of the City of Clemson Planning Commission. Dr. Cheatham is dean emeritus and professor emeritus of counseling and education leadership at Clemson University and is professor emeritus at the Pennsylvania State University. He received his B.S. in psychology from Pennsylvania State University, his M.A. from Colgate University, and his Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University.

Janet H. Evatt, M.T.S., Program CoordinatorJanet H. Evatt, M.T.S., Program Coordinator - As a program coordinator with the center, Ms. Evatt manages special events and supports the center’s day-to-day operations. She is particularly interested in the center’s work with faith communities to eliminate health disparities in rural South Carolina. Ms. Evatt is a member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and her primary research interest is brain functioning and its impact on perception and behavior. Ms. Evatt received her B.S. in communication sciences and disorders from the University of Texas at Austin and her Master of Theological Studies from Duke University.

Barbara N. Logan, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., ConsultantBarbara N. Logan, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., Consultant - As a consultant of the center, Dr. Logan provides guidance on functions of the center and research activities. Dr. Logan is currently professor emeritus in the School of Nursing and was the school's director from 1993-2003. She recently served as the principal investigator of the EXPORT and ACUMEN projects, providing leadership, management, and oversight for these projects from 2003-2007. Dr. Logan is published in journals such as the Journal of Family and Community Health, the Journal of the National Black Nurses Association, and the Journal of Health Promotion and Maintenance. She has presented her research at several national and international research conferences, focusing largely on minority health issues. Agencies funding her research have included the NIH, the Department of Health and Human Services, Clemson University and the University of Illinois at Chicago. She was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nurses in 1994 and has been a Fellow of the American Nurses Association Minority Fellowship Program since 1976. Dr. Logan received her A.A. from Bronx Community College in New York, her B.S.N. from Loyola University in Chicago and her M.S. from University of Illinois at Chicago, each in nursing. She earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Veronica G. Parker, Ph.D., DirectorVeronica G. Parker, Ph.D., Director - As the director of the center, Dr. Parker oversees all center activities, conducts research, and works closely with the associate director to secure funds for the center from a variety of sources. She was co-principal investigator on the ACUMEN Project and serves as principle investigator and Administrative Core director for the EXPORT Center. Her research with the center involves asset-mapping and geospatial analysis (GIS mapping) of health-related resources in lower- and upper-state EXPORT counties; GIS mapping of poverty levels and selected diseased states by race/ethnicity in selected EXPORT counties; and testing of a faith-based weight-loss intervention in EXPORT counties. Dr. Parker also holds a faculty position in the School of Nursing at Clemson and has publications in many journals, including RINAH, Journal of Pediatric Nursing, Journal of Family and Community Health, Diabetes Spectrum, and Ethnicity and Disease. Her other research areas have included pediatric and geriatric healthcare practices and pain management in a variety of settings. She has served as principle investigator, co-investigator and project director on grants from the NIH, American Cancer Society and the Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Parker received a B.S. in physics-engineering from the College of Charleston, a B.S. in engineering analysis focusing on bioengineering from Clemson University and a Ph.D. in biostatistics from the Medical University of South Carolina.